Sustainable house design features checklist

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This article summaries features and opportunities for maximising the sustainable design features of a building. This article summaries features and opportunities for maximising the sustainable design features of a building.
-Passive solar design - thermal mass, north facing glass with shading systems. Use recycled content (e.g. GB slag blend) for concrete slabs.+* [[Passive solar design]] - thermal mass, north facing (southern hemisphere) or south facing (northern hemisphere) glass with shading systems.
-Plantation or recycled timber only.+* Use recycled content (e.g. GB slag blend) for concrete slabs.
-Pendant lighting - CF or LED bulbs. Use motion sensitive switches to activate and turn off where appropriate.+* Use materials with low embodied energy
-Energy generation: Solar panels+* [[Forest friendly timber|Plantation or recycled timber]] only.
-Solar hot water with electric boosting+* Pendant lighting - Compact fluoro or [[LED lighting|LED]] lighting. Use motion sensitive switches to activate and turn off where appropriate.
-Rainwater collection system and tanks (10,000 litres per bedroom)+* Energy generation: [[Solar power|Solar panels]], [[wind power]], [[Kancoona_house#Micro_hydro_system|micro hydro]], depending on location.
-Double glazing for windows+* [[Solar hot water]] with electric boosting
-Triple glazing for roof windows+* [[Water tanks|Rainwater collection system and tanks]] (10,000 litres per bedroom)
-Low power appliances, airconditioner+* Double glazing for windows
-Forest friendly timber+* Triple glazing for roof windows
-Low toxicity paints and floor finishes+* Low toxicity paints and floor finishes
-Insulation - roof, wall and floor+* [[Insulation]] - roof, wall and floor
-Solar hot water with gas boosting+* [[Appliance energy efficiency standards|Energy efficient appliances]] - 5 star or better (dishwasher, fridge, stove, airconditioner if fitted)
-Energy efficient appliances - 5 star or better (dishwasher, fridge, stove, airconditioner if fitted)+* [[Greywater system|Grey water treatment system]] or diversion to garden
-Grey water treatment or diversion to garden+* Low water garden
-Low water garden+* [[Sanci permaculture garden|Food garden]]
-Food garden+* Cross flow ventilation
-Cross flow ventilation+* "Solar chimney" incorporated in design to naturally vent hot air
-A "solar chimney" incorporated in design to naturally vent hot air+* [[House sizing|Appropriate sizing]] of rooms and overall building.
-Appropriate sizing of rooms and overall building.+* Two or three storey configuration (e.g. cellar, living level, loft) to minimise footprint of dwelling.
-Two or three storey configuration (e.g. cellar, living level, loft) to minimise footprint of dwelling.+* Ceiling fans for cooling.
-Ceiling fans for cooling.+==See also==
 +* [[Energy saving tips]]
-[[Category:Green building]]+[[Category:Sustainable houses]]
 +[[Category:Sustainable buildings]]
 +[[Category:Green living]]

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This article summaries features and opportunities for maximising the sustainable design features of a building.

  • Passive solar design - thermal mass, north facing (southern hemisphere) or south facing (northern hemisphere) glass with shading systems.
  • Use recycled content (e.g. GB slag blend) for concrete slabs.
  • Use materials with low embodied energy
  • Pendant lighting - Compact fluoro or LED lighting. Use motion sensitive switches to activate and turn off where appropriate.
  • Double glazing for windows
  • Triple glazing for roof windows
  • Low toxicity paints and floor finishes
  • Low water garden
  • Cross flow ventilation
  • "Solar chimney" incorporated in design to naturally vent hot air
  • Two or three storey configuration (e.g. cellar, living level, loft) to minimise footprint of dwelling.
  • Ceiling fans for cooling.

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